Dingy hostel in Belfast
Trip Start Sep 03, 2008
30Trip End Nov 05, 2008
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We ended up splitting up into two's and hitchhiking to a town called Tralee. Diane and I got picked up immediately (again, two girls have an easier time finding rides) and got a ride straight there, where we wandered this weird ghost town and finally found the cheapest hotel possible. Andre and Amanda had a hard time finding a ride and finally made it to the town after catching two rides. We stayed in Tralee that night (last night) then woke up early this morning and caught a bus to Belfast, Northern Ireland. So we are officially in our second country! We were on two different buses today, for a total of 9 hours I believe. We are mastering Yuker, this cool card game Diane taught us and have been played a few games already. Also, we are going to make use out of the hackey sack I brough. Andre and I are determined to get good at it- you'll see... We arrived in Belfast this evening and wandered around the town for a bit, found a really cheap hostel where we're at now and did some laundry. Andre and I just went out around the city for a couple hours, looking for somewhere to get food. Everything closes soooo early here though, for some reason. We finally found one restaurant (I won't even tell you what it is) and now all four of us are back at the hostel. We are staying in a 20-bed room in the hostel so I'm definitely taking a sleeping pill tonight and using my ear plugs. (They've come in handy with Andre's snoring...) If you're wondering what Belfast is like, I'll give you a brief description: tons of really cool, old buildings everywhere, tons of shopping, and a London-feel (even though we haven't been to London yet, but it seems like what it will be like.) Oh, and twice as expensive as in America! We are using pounds now instead of Euros and already feeling the money draining from our pockets.
Tomorrow we are going to explore all around the city then go on a day trip outside Belfast the next day, to the Giant's Causeway and maybe Derry.
Ireland is such a BEAUTIFUL country. So far we've seen mostly the Republic of Ireland. I just love it here. The grass is as green as green can be, the sheeps are plentiful, the Irish people are so nice and helpful, the towns are so cute and interesting, the nightlife has been fun (in Dublin), and overall we just love it. Traveling has been working out really well for us- we have had a lot of Irish luck as some may say and everything is going smooth. We are going to try to upload pictures soon, but so far all the computers we've been using have had their USB drives blocked off so we can't upload pictures from our cameras yet.
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